(If you missed Part 1, read it here).
So, to catch you up: last weekend I went to Las Vegas for a racecation with two of my fabulous girlfriends.
After our mild debauchery on Friday night (Sub-G Rated by Vegas standards), we were moving somewhat ssslllooooowwwly on Saturday morning.
We ended up heading for brunch at Mon Ami Gabi – a popular faux-French bistro in the Paris hotel – at 11 AM.
We were seated at a well-positioned terrace table and let the caffeine kick in.
And in. And in.
We waited a long time, maybe 40 minutes, for our order to arrive. The server apologized for the kitchen being slow.
Frankly, I didn’t mind. It was a beautiful day. I was laughing with my friends. The people watching was excellent.
When the meal arrived, it was mediocre. I was really hungry by then, so I ate anyway.
We all agreed that the overall experience was disappointing. On a scale of 1-10, we gave it a two.
But then something unexpected happened that totally turned it around. The manager came over to our table and said this:
Ladies, I need this table for a large party. If you would be willing to leave now, I’ll pick up your check.
Who says nothing is free in Vegas?
We were out of there so fast that there were smoke streams.
Brunch experience now elevated to at least an 8.
We decided to do some shopping and walk off the calories. What really caught my eye were the Alexander McQueen “Obsession” print pieces that I saw in several stores.
Wow. These were stunning.
This collection was new to me and I was honestly a bit dizzy thinking about how much I wanted this bag:
I resisted, but barely.
Here are some of the other McQueen styles that I was longing for:
The above dress was long-sleeved, sleek and absolutely gorgeous. The charms were all individually sewn onto it. I think the retail was about $6000. This was at Neiman Marcus in the Fashion Show Mall.
This blouse ($1200) was also exquisite:
I tried to buy a scarf with the print, but it was sold out in the Alexander McQueen boutique. Fortunately (Unfortunately?), I discovered it is available online.
Our final stop was Carlo’s Bakery, which is operated by “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro.
We briefly contemplated bailing since there was a 20+ person queue, but in the end we decided to stay.
And we were so glad we did.
I bought a brownie, a cookie, a cupcake and a cannoli. They were all gone by the time I boarded the flight home.
We headed back to get ready for the 5k race and took the monorail to the SLS Hotel, which is at the far end of the Strip near the Stratosphere. It was slow going to the race. I glanced at my watch and noted that it was almost exactly an hour to get from Point A to Point B.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k started at 6 PM on Saturday night. There were 8200+ runners.
The course was dark, narrow and crowded. It was a boring out-and-back loop. Part of it was on a track. I felt like I was running in a high school track meet, albeit a really crowded one.
The first half mile was so crowded that I was boxed in, an experience I do not enjoy.
I started bobbing and weaving and was able to occasionally make some space to stretch out.
I wish I would have kept my mile splits but I didn’t. I would estimate that the first mile was around 10 minutes with the crowding.
Once I found some space, a competitive drive kicked in and I put the pedal down. My pre-race cupcake and cannoli fuel seemed to be working for me, so I went with it.
As I neared the finish line, I saw Meb Keflezighi for a second time that weekend. He was giving out high fives at the finish line and I was lucky enough to get one! I was so happy.
My finish time was 27:56, which placed me at 923/8249 overall and 307/5297 for women.
I was ok with that. I immediately forgot that I didn’t like the course and mentally registered for next year’s race.
The finish area was crowded, but I eventually met up with J. and B. We reversed our monorail trip back to the hotel, showered and headed to a sushi dinner at Yellowtail.
I wish I would have taken photos of the meal, but I was too busy eating. Everything.
It’s a bit fuzzy (we were also drinking wine), but we ordered:
- Shishito peppers (a standing favorite among the three of us; these were excellent)
- Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño (Unanimously voted best dish)
- Popping spicy crab roll (This was nuts. I could have eaten two more on my own).
- Mile High Roll
- Uni Truffle pasta
And guess who we saw eating there? Yep, Meb Keflezighi.
Next up: Half-marathon and VIP post-race party.